Posted in practice on February 28, 2014 3:23 pm EST

Virtual Blueprints Help Save Money and the Planet


 

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By Designer Staff

In this turbulent economy, it seems everyone is trying to save money. One of the ways construction companies are increasing their bottom lines is through the use of PlanGrid, a relatively new app for the iPad and iPhone that allows architects to communicate directly with foremen on a worksite to transfer and even make changes to blueprints.

According to Tracy Young, cofounder and COO of PlanGrid, “For every $1 million that is spent on a construction project, $3,500 of that is spent on paper for blueprints.”

Not only that, but Young says architects simply could not get updated blueprints shipped fast enough to the construction sites, wasting more time and money.

To Young and her team, the answer to these problems was PlanGrid. In March of 2012 Young, Ryan Sutton-Gee, Ralph Gootee and Kenny Stone launched the iPad app from the house they were living and working out of in the Silicon Valley. By 2012 the group had configured PlanGrid for the iPhone, as well.

The genius of PlanGrid is that all the drawings for a construction project are numbered and stored in the cloud. Architects, project managers, foremen, and anyone else that needs them then has instant access to the blueprints through the use of the PlanGrid app on either an iPad or an iPhone.

Organic growth

Still in its infancy, PlanGrid has more than 40,000 users and well over 10,000 projects have been uploaded into the system.

Young credits the knowledge and hard work of her team for PlanGrid’s quick success. According to the company’s website, Sutton-Gee, the company’s CEO, is the business leader of PlanGrid and actually came up with the idea for the software. Stone, head of engineering, created the web side of PlanGrid and oversees the cloud. And Gootee, CTO, is PlanGrid’s iOS developer and graphics programming expert, while Young is in charge of day-to-day operations.

When asked what separates PlanGrid from its competitors, Young says it’s the tireless efforts of the now nine-person “team of entrepreneurs.”

“We do it all; sales, support, project management, first point of contact, HR. It’s a lot of running around, but it is a lot of fun,” Young states.

Updates & pricing

Pricing is based on the number of blueprint storage sheets. Small projects of less than 50 sheets are free. For projects up to 550 sheets, subscription fees are $19.99 per month, and for projects up to 5,000 sheets—$49.99 per month. There are also yearly subscriptions of $200 and $500 per person depending on the amount of sheets per project.

PlanGrid can be purchased at (visit link) or through the Apple App Store.

 

 

 

 

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